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Wooden it be good if we had more forests!

Typos aside, this is the theme of the 22nd Committee on Forestry (COFO) 2014 currently being held at FAO, 23-27June 2014. Officially entitled “Forests and People: Wood and Beyond,” COFO 22 is aimed at reviewing the state of...

Conservation Agriculture With Trees: Now available, a comprehensive guide for extension workers

Conservation agriculture with trees combines the best of Conservation Agriculture with the best of Agroforestry to offer many benefits to landscapes and livelihoods. But its uptake is restricted by policy, cultural and technical issues, to name some factors....

REDD ready or not?

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation was thought to be a quick way to slow global warming. But after ten years of testing the international REDD framework, scientists express their doubts in three new publications,...

The business of landscapes

If the scientists themselves cannot work out what a landscape is, what hope do businesses have? Well, quite a lot, actually. In fact, there are many examples of big business engaging with local actors on a landscape scale,...

Co-investing in landscapes with Smart Tree-Invest

A new project will study co-investment by farmers, business and government in the environment and agriculture for mitigating and adapting to climate change, say Amy Cruz and Tess Beyer     An inception meeting for the Climate-Smart, Tree-Based,...

No action without awareness: REDD+, social forestry and green growth

REDD+ progress will be through policy integration and reform in the forestry, agricultural and economic development sectors and by keeping the major drivers of deforestation high on the agenda, says Moira Moeliono   Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by...

ASEAN needs an agroforestry policy

There is a critical need for an integrated agroforestry strategy for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that encourages member states to promulgate agroforestry policies that achieve food security, alleviate poverty, create climate-resilient agricultural systems and sustainable, social...

New evidence proves diverse forests control erosion

Scientists in China have used a new method to tease apart the causes of erosion in a landscape. The results show that diverse forests reduce erosion dramatically   Researchers at the World Agroforestry Centre’s East and Central Asia...

At the heart of carbon is my forest

A new guide for carbon-forestry projects explains why communities are at the heart of successful schemes, says David M. Wilson   The efficacy of carbon-forestry schemes is being debated as part of worldwide experiments with ways to slow...

Adopters? Rejectors? Or Key Partners?: Cameroon’s Rural Resource Centres offer a farmer-centred approach to extension work

Concern about the environment and sustainable management of natural resources alone does not motivate farmers to adopt new agricultural practices. Then what does? Studies conclude that communication between farmers, agronomists, extension agencies and scientists is crucial. Takoutsing et...